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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona in United States,
Date Posted 05/13/2022
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number req9930
Department Sch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res
Department Website Link https://nature.arizona.edu/
Location Outside of Arizona
Address USA
Position Highlights

We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated postdoc with strong quantitative interests and skills for a 12-month project to conduct a population viability analysis for bald eagles in Arizona. The successful candidate will take the lead role in this collaborative project between the U.S. Geological Survey’s Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) and be based within the School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The Arizona breeding population of bald eagles is relatively isolated from other bald eagle populations in North America and a quantitatively robust population model is needed to evaluate the impacts of management scenarios upon population viability. The candidate will use data previously collected by AGFD including band-resight data, nest productivity data, satellite and cellular telemetry data, nest occupancy data, and nest parasite data. We anticipate using these data sources to estimate population demographic parameters and evaluate future population trajectories using an integrated population model. The resulting model will also be used to evaluate the effects of varying productivity on population viability. The successful candidate will also analyze a long-term data set on bald eagle nest parasites to understand how parasite abundance and community composition influences nest productivity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Bald Eagle Program Coordinator for AGFD and take the lead role in preparing scientific papers for publication and agency reports. Products from this position will include 1–3 manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.

The position will start July 1, 2022. This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance. Remote telework is possible but not guaranteed. Future work may also involve the development of a bald eagle habitat suitability model using telemetry data. Opportunities will be available to present results at regional and national conferences.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here .

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Preparing and analyzing data 
2. Writing manuscripts for publication 
3. Presenting results to project cooperators and at scientific conferences 
4. Traveling to and from field sites 
5. Participating in lab meetings

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Familiarity with Access databases
  • Strong quantitative skills (particularly with hierarchical models for estimating population demographic parameters) 
  • Advanced programming skills in R
  • Ability to write high quality manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication in a timely manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Enthusiasm for wildlife conservation, and a strong work ethic
  • Enthusiasm for participating in the lab culture and mentoring junior members of the lab


Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Statistics, etc.). The selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience with Bayesian integrated population models is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience with bald eagles or other raptors is preferred but not required.
  • A demonstrated record of publishing scientific research.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay $53,760
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 7/1/2022
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Javan Bauder
Open Date 5/12/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document
Special Instructions to Applicant Please provide a list of 3 references with contact information.
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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